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Microbiologist » Overview


Microbiologists study microscopic organisms (living things too small to be seen without a microscope), such as bacteria, viruses, algae or fungi, and the effects they have on plants, animals and humans. Microbiologists use this knowledge to develop products and procedures to benefit humans or the environment.

They primarily work in a laboratory setting, although they also spend time outside collecting culture and air, soil and water samples to be tested and analysed. Microbiologists combine chemistry, physics, biology and medicine theory and practices to conduct laboratory research. Using highly specialised equipment, they work to develop useful products, such as new vaccines, biological drugs, biofuels and agricultural products.